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Invisible Fiends: The Beast by Barry Hutchison

Barry Hutchison’s Invisible Fiends is a series that just keeps getting better and better.  Each of the books in the series has quite a different tone and level of creepiness.  The last book, Doc Mortis was the creepiest, most sadistic book in the series and found Kyle trapped in the Darkest Corners with the demented Doc Mortis.  Barry’s latest book in the series, The Beast, takes the creepiness factor down a notch, but throws in a good dose of humour, some real heart, and answers some of our burning questions.

Kyle and Ameena are on the run after being accused of murdering his mum’s cousin, Marion, and attacking his mum.  They end up at the Keller house, the old house across the road where Kyle fought Mr Mumbles.  After noticing some suspicious behaviour in Kyle’s house they go to check it out, only to find Kyle’s grandmother missing and a dead policewoman.  As they search the streets for Kyle’s grandmother they realise that the neighbourhood is suspiciously quiet, and that’s when their trouble really begins.  Kyle’s neighbours have turned into black-eyed, flesh-eating zombies, which they name screechers because of the horrible screeching sound they make before they attack.   If they didn’t already have enough on their plate, there’s also a huge beast loose on the streets ,with razor-sharp spikes covering its body.  It’s up to Kyle to save the ones he loves, but if he uses his powers he’ll set the hideous monsters from the Darkest Corners loose into his world.  He’ll just have to do it the old-fashioned way.

The Beast is probably my favourite book of the series so far.  Many of my burning questions were answered, especially about Joseph, Ameena and Kyle’s dad.  I’d had my theories but I was wrong about most of them, so it’s good to know Barry can still blind-side me.  One of the things I liked most about this book was that Barry’s humour really shined through.  He can have you laughing out loud one minute and squirming the next.  There is some hilarious banter between Kyle and Ameena, especially in the first half of the book.  This has to be my favourite quote from this book, if not the whole series,

‘I take it she’s not normally like that?’

‘What, foaming at the mouth and battering her face against the window?’ I said.  ‘No, that’s new.’

My favourite part, which had me cackling away, was when Kyle and Ameena were being attacked by the zombie policewoman in the street.  As well as the humour though, there is also some real heart in the story, as it focuses on Kyle’s relationships with his parents, Ameena and Joseph.

Barry ends The Beast with a bang and leaves us waiting with bated breath for the final book in the series, The Darkest Corners (coming later in 2012).  I just know that the final book is going to be horrific, shocking and awful, but totally amazing.

5 out of 5 stars

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Picture Book Nook: The Story of Bo and the Circus that Wasn’t

It’s great to start off the year with a picture book by my favourite New Zealand author and illustrator, Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley.  Their junior fiction series, Dinosaur Rescue was among the best New Zealand books for children last year and I’m sure we’ll see more in the series in 2012.  Their first picture book together is called The Story of Bo and the Circus That Wasn’t and was written in collaboration with Telecom customers.

The Story of Bo and the Circus That Wasn’t is about a sheep called Bo who has always dreamed of being an acrobat.  He’s not going to let the fact that he’s a sheep or that he’s afraid of heights get in the way of his dream.  However, Bo lives in a country where circuses are forbidden, so he works in secret on his sparkly blue uniform and his ‘sheepachute’.  His friends are right behind him and want to help him live his dream, but can he overcome his fears?

This story about a brave wee sheep has all the excitement, thrills and colour of the circus.  For a story that has been pieced together from different people’s ideas it flows really well and it will enthrall children.  As I was reading I could still hear Kyle’s humour shining through.  I always love Donovan Bixley’s illustrations and this book is no exception.  Donovan’s colourful characters leap off the page and brighten up their dreary world. 

The Story of Bo and the Circus That Wasn’t is a wonderful story that children will love.  Everyone should go and grab a copy from their local bookshop as all the royalties from the book go towards “helping the Telecom Foundation make real, measurable improvements to the lives of children all around New Zealand.”  Available in stores in February.

4 out of 5 stars

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Meet the Apocalypsies #1 – Leanna Renee Hieber

Today I’m pleased to welcome Leanna Renee Hieber, one of the first of the Apocalypsies to release her debut book into the world.  Leanna’s book, Darker Still, the first book in the Magic Most Foul series was released on 11/11/11 in the US (1st February 2012 in NZ).  Here’s the blurb:

The Picture of Dorian Gray meets Pride and Prejudice, with a dash of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde… New York City, 1880.Seventeen-year-old Natalie Stewart’s latest obsession is a painting of the handsome British Lord Denbury. Something in his striking blue eyes calls to her. As his incredibly life-like gaze seems to follow her, Natalie gets the uneasy feeling that details of the painting keep changing… Lord Denbury’s soul is trapped in the gilded painting by dark magic while his possessed body commits unspeakable crimes in the city slums. He must lure Natalie into the painting, for only together can they reverse the curse and free his damaged soul.

It sounds intriguing and I’m really looking forward to reading it.  I’ll hand over to Leanna to tell us all about Darker Still and her inspirations.

I’m so excited to be here today! While I’ve written several novels, I’m here to talk about my YA debut, DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul. I’ve always wanted to write a haunted painting story: Ever since I was little and I saw Sesame Street’s DON’T EAT THE PICTURES where the Sesame Street gang get locked in the Metropolitan Museum of Art overnight. Ever since I read THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. Ever since I went to art museums wondering if the painter and the sitters infused part of their own life’s energy into the art. At last, I’ve written my haunted painting story. DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul begins the Magic Most Foul saga set in 1880 New York City. It tells the tale of a hot British Lord whose soul is trapped in a painting and the brave girl who must set him free.

I’m so excited to be shelved in teen fiction. But for my adult readership who know me from my Strangely Beautiful series about ghostbusters and Greek Mythology in Victorian England, don’t be deterred. DARKER STILL has the same flavors found in my Strangely Beautiful saga, it’s still the 1880s, it’s still romantic and spooky, (the Magic Most Foul series is far more spooky, actually) it’s definitely still Gothic. Similar attractions, different shelf. I want to be a “gateway drug to 19th century literature” for teens and for all readers. I want to build a bridge between today’s fiction and the books and style that defined me as a reader and a writer. When I was about 10 years old I fell in love with Edgar Allan Poe and haven’t ever looked back. Poe was my own “gateway drug” and my love of his work led me to appreciate Stoker, Shelley, and all the spooky 19th century classics. Especially Dorian Gray. (If you haven’t read The Picture of Dorian Gray, you should. It’s short, creepy, sensual and amazing.)
I hope you’ll be so kind as to check out DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul, it landed on the Indie Next List as a recommended buy in the Kids/YA section by the American Association of Booksellers, and Seventeen Magazine.com said: “You’ll love it if you love murder mysteries with a supernatural twist… the story is so different from other fantasy novels that have been coming out recently. This chilling tale will draw you in and keep you guessing until the very last page!” – I hope you’ll have fun getting to know Natalie and Jonathon and will join them on their next harrowing adventures this November when the sequel releases! Cheers!
Leanna Renee Hieber

Award winning, bestselling Gothic Victorian Fantasy
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Meet the Apocalypsies

Last year there were the Elevensies, a group of debut Middle Grade and Young Adult authors, which included the wonderful Beth Revis (Across the Universe), and Veronica Roth (Divergent).  In 2012 we have the Apocalypsies, a group of debut authors whose first books are being released this year.  For me, there’s nothing better than discovering a new author who you can look forward to reading for years to come.  I’ve been excitedly reading about all the amazing books that the Apocalypsies are releasing this year and I can’t wait to fill my head with them.  I’ve already read my first Apocalypsy book, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and you can read my review here.

     

In the coming weeks I’ll be featuring guest posts by some of these great new authors, including Marissa Burt (Storybound), Leanna Renee Hieber (Darker Still), Lynne Kelly (Chained) and Elizabeth Norris (Unravelled).  They’ll tell us all about their books and when we can expect to get our hands on them.  The great thing about social networking is that you can find them on Facebook, Twitter and their own website so you can ask them all about their books and their writing.

To find out more about the Apocalypsies authors and their books, check out their blog – http://apocalypsies.blogspot.com/.

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Interview with Six Days author Philip Webb

Philip Webb’s Six Days was one of my favourite books of 2011.  Six Days is an original, exciting mix of action, adventure, mystery and science fiction, filled with memorable characters.  I always like to find out the story-behind-the-story so I asked Philip a few questions about his characters, inspirations for the story and the best and worst things about being a writer.

  •  Six Days is a fantastic mix of mystery, action, adventure, science fiction and dystopian fiction.  Did you know that the story would branch off into different genres before you started writing or did the story take on a life of it’s own once you started?

I set out from the beginning to write a story that was a blend of genres – something that was set in the future but that had strong links with the world today and also back through the ages. It has elements of science fiction and mystery (genres that I love) but it was fun for me to write it from the perspective of a down-to-earth character. Cass is perhaps the last person who would believe or understand the fantastical situation she’s thrust into, but she just gets on with it and brings a refreshing take on spaceships and aliens and terminator-type machines.

  • Unlike a lot of other dystopian/science fiction novels for children and young adults, Six Days is set in Britain.  Why did you decide to set it in London?

I love London and having lived here a long time I know it well. It has an extraordinary atmosphere and a great buzz. I wanted to try and communicate that sense of a great city abandoned and ruined but still recognizable. It was really fun to set important scenes in places like Big Ben and the British Museum – places that the reader can identify with and picture clearly in their heads. Also, setting it in a real city helped to ground the story a bit – it somehow acts as a contrast to all the mad stuff with organic spaceships and whatnot.

  • Six Days is one of those stories that you don’t want to put down because there is so much happening and a sense of impending doom as the clock ticks down.  How difficult is it as a writer to keep this pace up?

The pace is something I had to keep in mind all the time. There are moments in the plot where you have to slow down, take breath, reveal back story – but they have to be to the point. The key is to be ruthless – if a slower passage isn’t completely necessary then it has to go. Giving the characters countdown cuffs really helped remind me that the clock was ticking down – it gave me a sense of urgency to move the story along quickly.

  • Your main character and narrator, Cass, is a confident girl who gets into some pretty tough situations.  Did you base Cass on anyone in particular?

Cass is a mix of people I’ve known really. Traditionally in my family there have been very strong, fiercely loyal women, and certainly the no-nonsense way Cass speaks has been influenced by my nan, mum and sister. I enjoyed writing the book in Cass’s voice because she’s feisty and stubborn and not always right – there’s a vulnerability about her too.

  • Which authors/books/movies inspired you to write Six Days?

There are loads! Too many to mention! I picked out a few in the acknowledgments of the book especially great science fiction writers like Iain Banks and William Gibson. The epic film 2001: A Space Odyssey had a profound effect on me when I saw it as a kid – the way it blended prehistory and space travel. The original Star Wars trilogy blew me away – I think I was the perfect age of 11 when I first saw Star Wars and I went to see it about six times at the cinema! It’s such a great mix of adventure and sci-fi and humour and terrific characters that I resolved there and then to become a writer. Movies and TV in general are a big influence: Terminator, 28 Days Later, Existenz, Battlestar Galactica, Sunshine, Dr Who. Also so many authors, Dylan Thomas, Margaret Atwood, Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Dickens, Ursula le Guin, John Steinbeck, David Almond, Cormac McCarthy, David Mitchell, Alex Garland, Philip Pullman, Philip Reeve, Mervyn Peake, JRR Tolkien, Paul Watkins, Philip K Dick, Sarah Waters… If I think of any one of these and many more, I can see influences of their work in Six Days.

  • What are the best and worst things about being a writer?

There aren’t really any worst things! I suppose the only thing is the worry, the fear at the back of your mind that what you’re writing isn’t any good – all writers have this and it can be torture to overcome.

The best thing is completing something – a sentence, a paragraph, a chapter, a novel. There’s a great sense of relief and satisfaction about achieving that. And, for me, just seeing Six Days in print is a kind of miracle having tried for so long to become a published writer. It’s very exciting to know that people I haven’t even met are reading Six Days and getting something out of it.

  • What one piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?

I think the most important thing is to develop a sense of wonder about the world – to observe and take notice of everything! And to go out there and have as many experiences and adventures as you can. And you must read everything you can get your hands on – film scripts, history, science, adventure, comics, plays, poetry, biographies – everything!

  • Can we look forward to another book from you in 2012?

I hope so. I’m writing something different to Six Days – an adventure for teens that’s set in America. 20 years ago I travelled through the USA and Canada and kept a journal. For years, I had no idea what to do with the material but it’s turned out to be very useful!

Thanks so much Philip for answering my questions.  I highly recommend Six Days, especially if you like a gripping Young Adult read.  Get a copy from your library or bookshop now!

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The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

What would you do if you look 15 years into your future?  Would you be happy and have everything you always wanted or would you be miserable?  If you found out something horrible would you want to do everything you could to change it?  These are some of the questions that Josh and Emma ask themselves in the excellent new novel by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, The Future of Us.

It’s 1996 and less than half of all high school students have ever used the internet. Facebook will not be invented for another eight years.

Josh and Emma have been neighbours their whole lives.  They’ve been best friends almost as long – at least until last November, when everything changed.  Things have been awkward ever since, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL (America Online) CD in the mail, his mum makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer.  When the two friends log on, they discover their profiles on Facebook.

And they’re looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.

Everyone wonders what their destiny will be.  Josh and Emma are about to find out.

I loved everything about this book!  The chapters alternate between Josh (written by Jay Asher) and Emma (written by Carolyn Mackler) and are written in first person so you really get inside their heads to find out what they think and feel.  Josh is a really down-to-earth, likeable guy who goes with the flow.  I could see alot of myself in him, especially in how he copes in different situations.  Josh sees the danger in playing around with his future so mostly just lets things happen.  Emma, on the other hand, sees that her future self appears to be miserable and wants to do everything she can to change her future.  I started to get annoyed with Emma because she just never seemed to be happy, but when I thought about it I would probably want to do the same too.  I think Jay and Carolyn chose the best ending for their characters though.

One thing I really liked about the book was all the references to the ’90s.  I was 12 in 1996 so I have pretty good memories of this time.  Every time there was a reference to a band or movie it made me laugh, especially the Wayne’s World references.  I also loved their references to things that didn’t exist in 1996, especially Facebook.  As I’m not on Facebook I could relate to how weird they thought it was.  Here’s my favourite quote:

“Why would anyone say this stuff about themselves on the Internet? It’s crazy?”

“Exactly,” I say.  “I’m going to be mentally ill in fifteen years, and that’s why my husband doesn’t want to be around me.”

The Future of Us is one of my top reads of the year (so far) and the characters will stick with me for a long time.

5 out of 5 stars

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Night School Blog Tour – Q & A with C. J. Daugherty

Today I’m thrilled to host a Q & A with Night School author, C. J. Daugherty on her blog tour.  I loved Night School (you can read my review here) and I wanted to ask C. J. a few questions about Night School, her characters and writing.

  • What 5 words would you use to describe Night School?

Mysterious, thrilling, dark, scary, sexy!

  • What inspired you to write this story?

When she was a teenager, my sister-in-law attended a private boarding school outside of the town where I live now. My husband and I drove out there one day a few years ago – he wanted me to see the building, because he said it was quite extraordinary. The school is hidden away behind high metal gates and down a curving drive, and is a huge, intimidating gothic Victorian structure. Having gone to a modern school in a big city, I tried to imagine what it would be like to be dropped off to face this beautiful but rather scary building alone. That’s sort of where the idea came from. What would it be like for a city girl like me to go to school there? And what kind of things might happen there?

  • When we first meet Allie she’s a rebellious teen who has already been arrested several times.  What were you like as a teenager?

Haha! You’ve rumbled me! I was quite the teenaged rebel. I wore black all the time, my jeans were too tight… You get the picture. I think all young people struggle to be independent when and to grow  up as fast as they can. I was certainly on exception.

  • Who is the character of Allie based on?

Allie is not me, and she’s not really anybody I know. She lives in my head rent-free, though. When I write, her dialogue just writes itself. I can look at something and know what Allie would say about it. She has bits and pieces of people I knew in school – my friend Suzy’s athleticism, my friend Pam’s troubled family life, my own rebelliousness and smart mouth. But mostly she’s just herself.

  •  Cimmeria Academy is free of 21st century technology, including cell phones, computers and the internet.  How would you cope in this environment?

To be honest – I DID cope in that environment. When I was in school – not THAT long ago I hasten to add – there were none of those things, certainly not as we have them now. Young people today have never experienced that disconnected world. These days it’s almost scary not to be able to get a phone signal. If I’m someplace that doesn’t have WiFi I feel anxious – as if I’m cut off from the world. So I wanted to explore that sense of isolation. Allie doesn’t have the anchoring sense that her friends and family can be reached at any time. She is genuinely alone.

  • At the end of Night School we’re left with a lot of unanswered questions and a sense that things are only going to get more dangerous for Allie and her friends.  Do you know where you want the series to go from here or does the story take on a life of its own as you’re writing it?

I do know where I want the series to go, at least to a certain extent, but I’m also a freeform writer, so I let the book play itself out. Sometimes the writing takes a different direction than I’d expected. Those are really the best scenes – when it all just comes to me at once. Even if that does take me right off the straight road I’ve designed in my synopsis!  So, let’s just say I have a pretty good idea where the series is going.

  • You’ve had some really interesting jobs, including being a crime reporter.  How have these writing jobs helped you to write your first young adult novel?

Being a crime writer helped me see more of society than I normally would have. I spent a lot of time in prisons and court houses, in police stations and police cars. Later, when I was working for Reuters, I covered the annual meetings of major corporations, and I interviewed billionaires, politicians, and even future presidents. These are the people who run the world. All of that played into the concept behind this book in some way. And along the way I met people from all walks of life – people who had different backgrounds from me. People who went to private boarding schools, for example. So, my whole life has, in some ways, led me to writing Night School.

  • What’s the best thing and the worst thing about being a writer?

The best thing: The creativity – the sheer thrill of being able to invent characters and make them live.

The worst thing: Most of the time? The economic instability. My mother cried when I told her I was going to be a writer. And until she died she kept hoping I would at least MARRY a banker. You have to give up your dream of being rich if you decide to write for a living. You find your joy elsewhere. And mostly your joy comes from having a job you love. Which isn’t too shabby when you stop and think about it.

Who are your favourite authors>

Oh we will be here ALL DAY!

Of contemporary writers my all-time favourite is Douglas Coupland, who wrote Generation X. I think he is a genius and I buy every book he writes.  I am also a huge fan of Donna Tartt, who wrote The Secret History – a book that went some way towards inspiring me to write Night School. I’ve read all the CJ Sansom crime dramas set during the time of Henry VIII — Sovereign is my favourite of those. And I spent all summer reading the George RR Martin books – Game of Thrones is the one I liked the most.

In terms of older literature, I love every book F. Scott Fitzgerald ever wrote, especially The Great Gatsby, and I have read all of JD Salinger’s work over and over again – Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters is my favourite, with Catcher in the Rye a close second.

  • If you could give one tip to aspiring writers what would it be?

Don’t give up. Keep trying. I wrote and threw away three novels before I wrote Night School. I wanted to give up over and over again, but my husband and some good friends kept urging me to try. Write something every day, and always look out for that one idea – the one you can REALLY write the heck out of. And when you do find it, don’t doubt yourself. Just do it because you love it.

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Night School by C.J. Daugherty – review and giveaway

There’s nothing better than discovering a new author whose first book hooks you in.  You know that you’ve got more to look forward to and you can’t wait to see how their writing develops.  When I got asked if I wanted to be a part of C. J. Daugherty’s blog tour for her first Young Adult book, Night School, I jumped at the chance.  Night School is the first in an exciting new Young Adult series full of mystery and suspense.

When Allie Sheridan gets arrested for the third time, her parents have had enough.  They decide they can’t handle her anymore so they send her to Cimmeria Academy, a boarding school for problem teenagers.  But Cimmeria Academy is no ordinary school.  Computers and cell phones aren’t allowed so she’s cut off from her old friends and the students are an odd mixture of the gifted, the tough and the privileged.  Then there are the top students who are part of the secretive Night School, whose activities other students are forbidden to watch.  Allie soon makes both friends and enemies, and catches the attention of the most popular guy at Cimmeria, Sylvain and the loner Carter.  When Allie is attacked one night the school begins to seem like a dangerous place.  Allie knows that the adults who run the school, and maybe even some of her classmates, are hiding a secret.  She must learn who she can trust.  And what’s really going on at Cimmeria Academy.

Night School took me a few chapters to get into, but the more I found out about the characters and Cimmeria Academy, I found it really difficult to put it down.  Cimmeria Academy at first seems like a new beginning for Allie.  She feels like she could get used to it and she’s actually happy for the first time in ages, but the more she finds out about the school and the secrets it hides, the more dangerous it becomes for her.

Some of the early events in the book threw me and had me thinking there might have been a supernatural element to the story, but the real twist is very clever.  I loved the truth behind Cimmeria Academy and it will be interesting to see where C.J. takes the story from here.  I’m not a huge fan of romance and love triangles in YA fiction, but I felt the relationships in Night School didn’t weigh down the story too much and the conflict between the love interests was needed to direct the story.  Night School is a great super-natural-free YA story, full of mystery and suspense and characters that will stick with you.

4 out of 5 stars

Giveaway:

If you would like to win a copy of Night School, leave a comment on this post telling me what you think is more important in a good Young Adult book, a gripping plot or strong characters?  Please leave your name and email address so I can contact you if you win.  Competition closes Wednesday 18 January 2012.  Open to New Zealand and Australia.

Join me tomorrow when I host a Q & A with C.J. Daugherty and a giveaway of Night School.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

There’s been a bit of a trend in recent years of retelling fairy tales with a modern twist.  Plenty of authors have tried, but few get it right (in my opinion).  So when I read that debut author Marissa Meyer had written a retelling of Cinderella I was a bit skeptical.  However, the more I read about this version of the story, called Cinder, the more I wanted to read it.  In Cinder, Marissa Meyer has taken Cinderella’s story and set it far in the future, years after World War IV, in a world with hover cars, droids, cyborgs, and a devastating plague that is wiping out civilisation.

Cinder is a gifted mechanic in New Beijing.  While she looks like a normal girl, she’s actually a cyborg – part girl, part machine.  She doesn’t remember anything from before her surgery, when she woke up as an eleven year old cyborg.  The only family she knows is the man who adopted her (who died not long afterwards), her cruel step-mother Adri, her step-sisters Peony and Pearl, and her her droid, Iko.  After her ‘father’ died she was left to her step-mother who blames Cinder for his death.  Cinder works all day at her mechanic’s booth in the market, only to pass on anything she makes to her step-mother. It is while she is busy working at her booth one day that the handsome Prince Kai comes to get his droid repaired. Just after the prince leaves, a case of the plague is discovered at the market.  These events lead Cinder’s life to be entwined with Prince Kai’s.

When Cinder’s step-sister, Peony catches the plague and is taken to quarantine, Adri blames Cinder.  She sends her away, against her will, to become part of the cyborg tests to find a cure for the plague.  It is here that she meets Dr Erland, who helps Cinder unlock her past and discover who she really is.  However, the truth is dangerous.  The mysterious Queen Levana of the Lunar People is coming to Earth to meet with Prince Kai, and Dr Erland warns Cinder that Queen Levana must never see her.  But Prince Kai’s droid has revealed secrets to Cinder that she must tell the prince before it is too late.

Marissa Meyer has woven a story that has elements of the original Cinderella fairy tale, while also being unique and breath-taking.  Marissa has introduced us to this plague-stricken world that has risen out of a devastating war.  It is a world filled with androids that are everything from nurses to escorts, humans that have been patched up with mechanical parts to create cyborgs, hover cars that have replaced automobiles, and a race of people that live on the moon and can manipulate humans.

The Lunars were one of the most interesting parts of the story and it seems that they will be central to the other books in the series (Scarlett, Cress, and Winter).  The mystery surrounding them and their bio-electrical powers really hooked me and I want to read the next books in the series to find out more about them.

Both Cinder and Kai are great characters and you really feel for them and the situations that they are forced into.  I thought Kai was very different from the arrogant, Prince Charming character that we’re used to from other fairy tale books.  He is put under a lot of pressure but doesn’t cave under it.  He’s not afraid of Queen Levana and not afraid to stand up for what he believes in.

There’s something for everyone in Cinder – mystery, suspense, science, robots and romance.  I can’t wait for Scarlett in 2013. Thanks Marissa for a great start to 2012!

5 out of 5 stars

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Patrick Carman talks about Floors

Patrick Carman’s new book Floors is one of the most inventive, imaginative books for kids that I’ve ever read.  It takes me back to the wonder I felt when I first read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  I’m still reading it at the moment but will post my review soon.

Check out the cool website for Floors too – www.floorsbook.com

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